You’ve decided you want a dog which hopefully means you’re definitely ready to share your life with a faithful companion that needs plenty of care and attention. But you’re wondering which kind of dog, exactly, it’s wise to get. If you need a dog for any kind of service, then there are specific breeds that work best for those. If it’s purely for a pet or a companion, however, then it’s all about discovering what your needs are and how well your lifestyle might fit with your new friend.
How much exercise are you willing to do?
Some dogs are a lot more energetic than others. If you have a yard, then make sure it’s made safe for the pooch to be able to stretch their legs, work off some energy, and enjoy their space. But be prepared for the walkies, as well, and how much exactly you should be prepared to give them. Some think that it’s mainly big, strong dogs like Siberian Huskies who need the most exercise. Certainly, that breed, in particular, is amongst the most energetic. However, Miniature Dachshunds and Rat Terriers perfectly fit the description of ‘little balls of energy’ too. On the other hand, low energy dogs like Basset Hounds, Great Danes and, surprisingly, Greyhounds can be better with those who would prefer a dog with requirements for fewer walks. You have to be able to give the dog the kind of walk it needs. Otherwise, that unspent energy turns aggressive which could see your furniture getting all kinds of chewed up.
What personality can you handle?
There has to be a personal match between owner and dog, that is 100% fact. If you’re lovable, cuddly person, you shouldn’t get dogs that are much more taciturn and loving in a less physical way. Read this post here to get a glimpse of what kind of personality you can expect, alongside other fascinating facts. For instance, it shows that Maltese make for great therapy dogs, which means they can be a fantastic choice for those who want a lot of company from their pooch. Whereas it shows that Brittanys make for great nanny dogs, which is important for anyone with children.
One factor that has to be considered is what kind of dog you’re able to handle. For one, it’s important that an owner is able to physically restrain their dog. Especially when they’re not fully trained. But considering the size of the dog is also about how much money you’re willing to spend on them. Bigger beds and harnesses cost more. Bigger dogs demand more food, which adds another cost. Look at this post to get any idea of some of the smallest and biggest breeds if you have any particular preference. Just don’t make any assumptions that size is the single thing determining their activity levels and personality. As stated above, there are some flaws to that thinking.
Personal taste might trump all the factors above for most people. But be prepared to accept that some dogs have a lot more needs than others. Don’t take on a dog that you’re unsure you’re able to take responsibility for.